Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The primary goal of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is to prepare graduates to provide advanced nursing care to patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions, including the delivery of acute care services. The AGACNP practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention or continuous nursing vigilance within the range of high-acuity care. Coursework, clinical experience and research utilization provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. In order to be eligible to apply for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, students must have one year of full-time work experience in an acute care setting. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP).

Carolyn McClerking
Director, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialty

Message from the Director

Students admitted to Ohio State's Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP specialty will have a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. Graduates of the specialty will possess the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to care for patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses.

Skills

Our Adult Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner specialty is based on the guidelines of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF): 

  • Health promotion, protection of disease and treatment with particular focus on assessment and diagnosis of health status and initiating a plan of care and implementing treatment
  • Building the nurse practitioner/patient relationship 
  • Teaching/coaching function skills of the nurse practitioner
  • Professional role development
  • Managing healthcare delivery systems
  • Care in regards to cultural competency

Curriculum

  • Nursing 7208.01 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I

  • Nursing 7208.02 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II

  • Nursing 7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III

Sample Full-Time Traditional MS/Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
Total credit hours 11
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 13
   
Summer  
N7208.01 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I 7
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 9
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7208.02 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Part-Time Traditional MS/Graduate Entry Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States 5
Total credit hours 5
   
Spring  
N7483 Quality Improvement and Informatics 3
N7500 Health Policy and Advocacy 2
Total credit hours 5
   
Summer  
N7491 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
Total credit hours 3
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
N7780 Evidence Based Nursing Scholarship 3
N7403 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7208.01 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn  
N7208.02 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III 9
Total credit hours 9
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
Sample Full-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7208.01 Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I* 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7208.02 Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II* 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III* 9
Master’s Comp Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 75
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements
Sample Part-Time BSN to DNP Curriculum
Year 1
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7450 Pathophysiology of Altered Health States* 5
NP8402 Innovation and Leadership Development for the DNP Nurse 2
Total credit hours 7
   
Spring  
NP8490 Health Promotion in the Age of Personalized Health and Health Care 2
NP8500 Nursing Policy For Doctoral Nursing Practice 2
NP8782 Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 2
NP8890 Professional Seminar 1
N5115 MINDSTRONG: An Evidence-based Program to Reduce Stress and Promote Overall Well-being 1
Total credit hours 8
   
Summer  
NP8480 Quality Improvement for the Doctor of Nursing Practice 2
NP8610 Informatics for Leadership in Health and Health Care 2
NP8896 Practice Inquiry I 3
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 2
 
Autumn  
NP8403 Science of Practice Innovation 2
N8510 Ethics in Healthcare Practice, Research and Policy 2
Total credit hours 4
   
Spring  
N7410 Advanced Health Assessment* 3
N7470 Advanced Pharmacology in Nursing* 4
Total credit hours 7
   
Summer  
N7208.01 Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I* 7
Total credit hours 7
   
Year 3
 
Autumn Credit Hours
N7208.02 Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II* 9
Total credit hours 9
   
Spring  
N7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III* 9
Master’s Comp Exam**  
Total credit hours 9
   
Summer  
APRN Certification Exam  
Total credit hours 0
   
Year 4
 
Autumn  
NP8781 Methods and Measurement for Clinical Practice Scholarship 2
Total credit hours 2
   
Spring  
NP8193 Individual Studies 1
NP8897 Practice Inquiry II 3
Total credit hours 3-4
   
Year 5
 
Autumn  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Spring  
NP8898 DNP Clinical Immersion 5
NP8998 DNP Final Project 1
Total credit hours 6
   
Total credit hours 75
This is a sample curriculum only. Your specific curriculum plan can be found at portal.nursing.osu.edu. Please follow the personalized plan on the portal.
*Denotes master’s level coursework
**Denotes Graduate School requirements

FAQs

 

Jamie Baldridge
Jamie Baldridge, graduate

“This program has prepared me to become a nurse practitioner by expanding my clinical knowledge and critical thinking through classroom, simulation and clinical experiences. The college has enhanced my learning by providing resources such as an innovation lab, state-of-the-art simulation equipment and nationally recognized faculty.”